This week was a phoenix moment for pop star Kesha, who returned to music with her new single, "Praying".



This Week in Women: Kesha's Triumphant Return

From the Women’s March planning a new rally to Kesha’s triumphant return to music, our news stories this week highlight women who won’t back down and are exercising their rights to free speech, whether it’s popular or not. It’s time for This Week in Women!

Kesha Rises From The Ashes With New Single & Album Announcement 

Singer-songwriter Kesha is having a phoenix moment as she shakes off the drama of the past five years with a new single and album announcement. In the visually stunning “Praying”, Kesha’s opening monologue addresses her darkest hours with lyrics, such as, “If there is a God or whatever, something, somewhere, why have I been abandoned by everyone and everything I’ve ever known, I’ve ever loved?”

Her lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke for “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally” abusing her has been making headlines since 2014. While the controversial legal battle garnered some support for the embattled pop star, her new Rainbow album is anticipated to be the spiritual and creative emancipation that fans have been hoping for.

“I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I’ve overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach,” she wrote in an essay for Lenny Letter this week. “It’s a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It’s also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal.”

Congress’s Sexist Dress Code Problem

Congress’s archaic rules around “business attire” received outraged attention this week, after a young woman journalist was seen stuffing notebook paper as makeshift sleeves into her dress. What prompted the action? Being publicly rebuked outside The Speaker’s Lobby on Capitol Hill and denied entry for having bare shoulders.

The rules have been around for years—requiring men to wear suit jackets and ties, and women to refrain from sleeveless dresses or open toed shoes—in the more formal areas, such as The Speaker’s Lobby. The issue here is that the rule is open to interpretation and enforcement, and is allowing discriminatory action that keeps female reporters from participating because of what is deemed acceptable or appropriate.

Some seasoned female reporters weighted in on Twitter:

The Women’s March Plans #NRA2DOJ Rally 

Last Friday we covered the NRA’s pro-violence ad that encouraged retaliation against protestors. This week, the Women’s March has announced a peaceful protest for next Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 in Washington, D.C. The rally will begin at NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia before continuing on a 17-mile course to the Department of Justice.

“[We will march] to demand justice for Philando Castile and send a bold message that we want an America that is safe and just for all women and our communities,” The Women’s March said in an Instagram statement. “We know that we are not safe. But we will not be intimidated into silence. Please join us and spread the word about the Women’s March from #NRA2DOJ.”

Featured image via Los Angeles Times

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